Sunday, September 19, 2010
Morocco Rolls Out "Smart" Hi-Tech Passports
Here is a piece from ITP.net about new state of the art passports that have been designed for Moroccans. Now, we just hope for some help getting visas!
Gemalto supplies smart passport to Morocco
Morocco begins roll out of next generation biometric, contactless passports
By ITP.net Staff Writer September 19, 2010
Smart card specialist Gemalto has announced the delivery of a next generation biometric passport program for the Kingdom of Morocco.
The solution, which has been provided to the Moroccan Mint: Dar As-Sikkah (Bank Al Maghrib), is the first deployment of new generation biometric passports outside of the European Union.
The new passports contain an integrated contactless microprocessor, containing the holder's digital fingerprint and photo. Gemalto has provided its secure operating system Sealys eTravel, along with its turnkey personalization solution Coesys Issuance, plus training and maintenance services for the project.
For citizen data acquisition, Gemalto provides the Ministry of Interior with its Coesys Enrolment solution in cooperation with its Moroccan partner Netopia
Lahcen Hadouni, head of Dar As-Sikkah said: "A long-term partnership between Dar As-Sikkah, Gemalto and Netopia has been created through this program. The project's success reflects the close fit between the various players and the sustained commitment shown by a multidisciplinary team."
"This is the first time electronic passports have been issued in the Maghreb Region, and this initiative highlights Morocco's commitment to establishing itself at the forefront of technological innovation," added Jacques Seneca, Executive Vice-President, Gemalto. "By supplying an end-to-end solution, cooperating with its partner Netopia, Gemalto takes full responsibility for its delivery and implementation, enabling our customers to focus on their core business."
"Netopia is delighted to have contributed, alongside Gemalto, to this project's outstanding success," said Zaki Narjisse, Chairman and CEO of Netopia. "This partnership will open up greater possibilities for cooperation both in Morocco and other countries."